Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Sahara chief Subrata Roy on Friday said that he is not absconding. He added that he is ready to "unconditionally" obey the Supreme Court's direction.
In a statement, Roy said that he wants to be with his "ailing mother under house arrest" till March 03, if the Supreme Court permits.
"I have informed police to do their duty as per the direction of the Supreme Court," Roy said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the police are expected to search other locations in Lucknow for Roy today. The Delhi Police have reached Hotel Lalit in the national capital where a press conference of the Sahara Group is scheduled to be held today. Thought there is no information as to who will address the conference, yet reports say that the cops are ready to apprehend Roy if he turns up.
Cornered and facing imminent arrest, the Sahara chief had yesterday tendered an "unconditional apology" to the Supreme Court for his non-appearance in a contempt case and sought recall of the non-bailable warrant issued against him.
He has also appealed to the "humane side" of the court to consider sympathetically the wishes of his mother and permit him to be with her in her last moments.
The order to arrest Roy was issued yesterday for his failure to appear before the apex court in a contempt case arising out of non refund of Rs 20,000 crore to investors by two of his companies.
"A lot of people advised me to get admitted in some hospital and I can remain there as it is the general practice to avoid courts on medical grounds. However, I hate to do such drama," he said.
"I have already informed police to do their duty as per direction of the Supreme Court.
"I am in Lucknow and with folded hands and with all humility I appeal to the Judges that if Court can allow me to live with my ailing mother under house arrest till March 3, 2014.
"But I leave it now on the Judges. If they call me today at Delhi, I shall reach there, or whatever direction Supreme Court shall give to me today, I shall unconditionally follow," he added.
Roy also accused "some negative minded emotionally confined media people" for his "agony and humiliation" and said some of these journalists were "sometime back thrown out of Sahara".
"They are bullying and indulging in character assassination of a son who is trying to perform his emotional duty towards his ailing mother.
"God forbid, if any untoward thing happens with my mother, in my absence, I shall never forget in my life those people" he said.
With PTI Inputs
First Published: Friday, February 28, 2014, 09:29